Modern psychologists view anger as a fundamental, natural, and mature emotion experienced by all humans at some point, and as an emotion that has functional value for survival. There are both positive and negative aspects of anger. Anger often can mobilize psychological resources for corrective action. However, when the emotion of anger becomes over-utilized or is the only type of emotion that is expressed, it then can become counter-productive and do more harm than good. Uncontrolled anger can negatively affect personal or social well-being and often serves as a “safe” cover for more vulnerable emotions. In our increasingly stressful society, anger issues aren’t uncommon in adults and they’re becoming more prevalent in teens and adolescents.
If you feel like your anger has gotten out of control or is leading to recurring negative consequences in your life, it may be be beneficial for you to speak with an anger management counselor. Anger management counseling isn’t necessarily about eliminating anger altogether–after all, there are instances where it is understandable or even appropriate to be upset. Rather, counseling can teach you healthier ways to handle and express your anger or simply help you change the way certain situations affect you.